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Mayor Julián Castro
10:38 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro: "It Is, For Me, Bittersweet To Say Goodbye"

Julián Castro cracks a smile after he spoke about his confirmation at City Hall.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Since the confirmation process to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development left some uncertainty, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro had remained mum about the future.

But on Wednesday, a full Senate confirmation finally allowed the 39-year-old mayor, husband and father to let his guard down and talk candidly about his new role in Washington, D.C.

During a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Castro spoke with emotion and candor.

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Arts & Culture
4:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Pilot Gino Narboni On His Incredible Life And Autobiography

Gino Narboni as a young pilot.
Gino Narboni

Now here's somebody who's led an interesting life.  He’s Gino Narboni. And no, he’s not Italian.

“I started in North Africa, in Algeria,” he said.

He’s a softspoken 90-something-year-old man now, but what a life he’s led. He ran off to join General de Gaulle’s free French movement. When they asked him what he wanted to do, he said, "I want to fly. Ha! I was barely 20 at the time.”

The free French didn’t have any airplanes then, but Gino eventually got his wish.

“I was sent to the United States for pilot training,” he said.

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Texas Business Taxes
3:46 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Coalition Rallies To Dump The State Franchise Tax In 2015 Legislative Session

A group of Republican lawmakers, business alliances and tea party activists are hoping to gather enough support ahead of the 2015 legislative session in order to do away with the Texas franchise tax.   

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University of Texas
3:15 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

UT Austin President Bill Powers Resigns, Stepping Down June 2015

Credit Marsha Miller / University of Texas

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced that he had accepted the resignation of UT Austin President Bill Powers. 

Powers has agreed to step down as president in June 2015, after the next legislative session.

Powers is a witnesses in the Legislature’s impeachment investigation of UT Board of Regent Wallace Hall, who had launched his own investigation of whether Powers had been involved with admissions fixing for certain state lawmakers. 

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Border & Immigration
3:01 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

ACLU Texas Keeping An Eye On Armed Militia Group Operating On The Border

Credit U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas say they will be closely monitoring the area of the border occupied by an armed militia known online as Operation Secure Our Border.

Denise Freedman with Operation Secure Our Borders, a collection of armed militias who are planning to patrol an area of the border near Laredo, said they are searching for immigrants coming to the United States through Texas.

“At this particular point we are going to be working on private land, but that is subject to change as law enforcement become willing to work with us,” Freedman said.

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Arts & Culture
2:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Las Casas Talent Competition Set For Broadcast On KLRN

For the last six years, the Last Casas Foundation has been busy doling out college money in talent contests. This year it's taken one step further.

“We’ve given out $500,000 in college scholarship money to graduating seniors in San Antonio and the surrounding area," said Kevin Parman, the president of Las Casas. It all started with a 135 applications.

“And we get that number down to 24 finalists,” said Parman.

And those finalists really have to perform to earn their scholarship money, as Parman explained.

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The Source - July 9, 2014
11:05 am
Wed July 9, 2014

The Source: 'How Culture Affects Madness'

Universal Studios

  When Dr. Joel Gold met a patient who thought his every action was being filmed and broadcast to the world a la "The Truman Show" he was intrigued but it wasn't until a steady stream of people with similar delusions that he and his brother decided to write about it.

In his new book, "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Affects Madness," Gold makes the case for how our environments are affecting our thoughts and sometimes causing our delusions.

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The Source - July 9, 2014
10:25 am
Wed July 9, 2014

The Source: SAWS Negotiates Big Deal For Piped-In Water

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

Last week the San Antonio Water System trustees approved a deal to begin negotiations to pipe in 50,000 acre feet of water from the Bastrop area with the Vista Ridge Consortium.

The deal would increase the city's water supply by more than 20%. The cost per acre foot is expected to be more than twice that of Edwards Aquifer supplies and slightly more than that of the forthcoming desalinization plant.

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The Source - July 8, 2014
4:36 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

The Source: Texas Only State To Not Require Workers' Comp Insurance

Houston construction workers
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In his new series "Hurting for Work" the Texas Tribune's Jay Root explores the lack of protections for workers in Texas.  

Some of the main findings:

•    Texas stands alone in allowing employers to forgo workers’ comp insurance, and over 500,000 workers have no coverage if they are hurt or killed.

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Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Explore Local History On A Hill Country Magical History Tour

Brent Evans with musket.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

It’s a program created by the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne and it’s got a very retro feel. Hearkening back to the Beatles album, it's called the Magical History Tour.

“What we are trying to do is to introduce our patrons, and anyone else who’s interested, to the history of the region," said Heath librarian Robin Stauber. To do so they’ve created these tours, and Stauber said they have gone all over the place.  

“We’ve been to New Braunfels, we’ve been to Bandera, we’ve been to Castroville, we've been into San Antonio to do some things there,” Stauber said.

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